Author Archives: Michael Johnston

An Obsession with Weight

An Obsession with Weight Why do articles in the general media always try to include the weight of an organ? I’ve seen several of these lately, and it seems that we continue to desire the extremes of nearly everything in … Continue reading

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Bradley Welch Plays Fort Worth’s New V/160 (video)

First Methodist’s New Organ Dedication Concert Toccata in B Minor Eugene Gigout (1844-1925) Variations on “O laufet, Ihr Hirten” Max Drischner (1891-1971) (“O Run, You Shepherds!”) Passacaglia (and Fugue) Johann Sebastian Bach in C Minor, BWV 582 (1685-1750) Pastorale from … Continue reading

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Ambrosino on Organs in Concert Halls

Concert Hall Organs: Some Thoughts Read this fine article by Jonathan Ambrosino in the Boston Musical Intelligencer about organs in concert halls. (Enough said.) BMInt asked organ historian Jonathan Ambrosino to contribute a discussion of the BSO organ and concert … Continue reading

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Happy 330th Birthday to You-know-who

Bash Celebrating Bach’s Birthday Shows Off Power of Organ Each year, I marvel at the broad attention paid to the one and only composer of the organ, Johann Sebastian Bach. In 2015, his is the only anniversary that has attracted … Continue reading

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Concert Study: New Recording

Concert Study I’ve added a new recording for you to hear of Pietro Yon’s “Concert Study” — which was followed by “Second Concert Study” when he produced a second one after enormous praise for the first. There is a link … Continue reading

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Christmas in Sicily: New Recording

Christmas in Sicily I’ve added a new recording for you to hear of Pietro Yon’s “Christmas in Sicily.” There is a link to the video in case you would like to watch. Christmas in Sicily

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$120,000 Needed for Marr and Colton

Arcada Theatre Organ Plays Once More before Restoration The Arcada Theatre in St Charles, Illinois, has a III/16 Marr and Colton, and Taylor Trimby played a concert before work on it began: “The 89-year-old organ will be undergoing a full … Continue reading

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“The Heavens Heard Him,” the Story of Pietro Yon

It Is A Boon to Have It Now Available Last November, Rollin Smith was kind enough to send me an article from The New York Times of March 30, 1942. It contained the only photo I have ever seen of … Continue reading

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Procession of the Pipes in Seattle (video)

Church Hosts ‘Pipe Raising’ for New Organ In a report from the general media, one does not expect great detail when covering the installation of an organ. When the minister said that “This was like moving from Chevrolet to Maserati,” … Continue reading

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Fargo Theatre’s Wurlitzer in Memory

Organ’s History A Compelling Tale Read this compelling letter by Lance Johnson regarding the Fargo Theatre’s Wurlitzer in North Dakota. The photo above is from ERBzine.com, a site about Edgar Rice Burroughs. I  enjoyed showing the Wurlitzer pipe organ to … Continue reading

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